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Tangle Lakes

Coordinates: 63°01′40″N 146°03′41″W / 63.02788°N 146.06152°W / 63.02788; -146.06152
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Tangle Lakes
Round Tangle Lake with nearby peaks of the Alaska Range
Tangle Lakes is located in Alaska
Tangle Lakes
Tangle Lakes
Coordinates63°01′40″N 146°03′41″W / 63.02788°N 146.06152°W / 63.02788; -146.06152

The Tangle Lakes (Long Tangle Lake, Lower Tangle Lake, Round Tangle Lake, and Upper Tangle Lake[1]) are a 16-mile (26 km) long chain of lakes connected by streams in interior Alaska. They form the headwaters for the Delta River.

Access and use[edit]

The main public access to the Lakes is from a Bureau of Land Management maintained campground and boat launch at Round Tangle Lake, about 20 miles (32 km) from Paxson on the Denali Highway. The boat launch is also the upper terminus of the Delta River Canoe Trail, a 2-3 day route to the Gulkana River and the Richardson Highway.[2] The lakes support many species of fish, including lake trout, burbot, and Arctic grayling. The area around the lakes consists mostly of tundra due to the high elevation (2,864 feet (873 m)).


Tangle Lakes Archeological District
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
LocationAddress restricted[4]
Nearest cityPaxson
NRHP reference No.71001091[3]
Added to NRHPNovember 12, 1971

The Tangle Lakes area has been the subject of extensive archaeological exploration. Prior to 1976, almost 150 sites had been discovered showing that The Tangle Lakes have been populated intermittently since the settlement of the New World. The sites are concentrated close to the lakes in a range covering about 80 square kilometres and the attraction of the location was most likely that the windswept hills surrounding the lakes would have attracted caribou seeking to graze on the exposed lichen (not for fishing as the lakes would not have been able to support a settlement).[5] Part of the Tangle Lakes area has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an archaeological district in 1971.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Milepost 61st Edition, page 502 ISBN 978-1892-15426-2
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tangle Lakes
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Federal and state laws and practices restrict general public access to information regarding the specific location of this resource. In some cases, this is to protect archeological sites from vandalism, while in other cases it is restricted at the request of the owner. See: Knoerl, John; Miller, Diane; Shrimpton, Rebecca H. (1990), Guidelines for Restricting Information about Historic and Prehistoric Resources, National Register Bulletin, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, OCLC 20706997.
  5. ^ F. H. West. "Old World Affinities of Archaeological Complexes from Tangle Lakes (Central Alaska)". Beringia in the Cenozoic Era. Ed. V. L. Kontrimavichus. New Delhi: Amerind Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., 1984. 571-596.

Further reading[edit]

  • Pellerin, L. (2003). Magnetotelluric data in the Delta River Mining District, near the Tangle Lakes area of south-central Alaska [Open-file Report 03-328]. Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

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